Hi non-sports fans.
Today’s blog post is somewhat of a gisting of a blog post by an esteemed writer called David Hodgson, who is writing the official game strategy guide of Fallout 3: New Vegas. I’ve also chucked in some of the latest info on the new Perks that we will be seeing.
David has keenly detailed some of the monsters of F3:NV for us and personally I think this is very exciting; aside from the main human factions, the monsters are always the face of a game. If you have cool creatures to do battle with (Skaarj, Headcrabs, Big Daddies for example) then you instantly have a better game; a love to hate relationship that allows the game world to describe itself through combat; the action scenes help you to engage with the game just as much as the dialogue scenes.
This sneak peak at the upcoming game guide gives away a little about the key creatures that will inhabit the Mojave Wasteland. David initially revealed a little about the human-sized adversaries of the wastes; White Glove Society Bouncers with dandy canes, the slack jawed goons of a Brahmin Baron, shifty city thugs and a variety of different guardsmen for each settlement such as Howitzer armed Boomer tribesmen. The two big factions, NCR and Caeser’s Legion, will have a their own little armies for you to run away from very quickly.
What we really want to see of course are the twisted remnants of nature that are Fallout’s signature mutants. David classes wilder foes as “Abominations”, totally outside of the natural order, while mutated animals are known as… Mutated Animals. Long time Fallout fans will be happy to see the return of the Deathclaws, this time aided by ‘Legendary’ and ‘Alpha’ classes to up the challenge level. Veteran Fallout fans will also be rewarded by the appearance of an old enemy; the Gecko! F2 players will recall being eaten repeatedly by these massive rubbery lizards and it’s no surprise that the arid Mojave is home to their ilk.
New foes will include the Nightstalker, a mysterious dweller of dark places and blue Nightkin Super Mutants, led by the pleasantly named but presumably quite hostile leaders, Tabitha and Davison. The scenery of this instalment looks set to be very detailed and frankly teeming with life, which is just how we like Fallout; this isn’t about the blasted, boo-hoo Post Apoc genre, but about a 50sesque B-Movie creature feature. Fallout in the past has struck a wonderful balance between silly monsters and stark realities, finding a way to make the schlock still carry shock- fingers crossed, New Vegas will continue that fine tradition.
To quote David: “It’s up to you to meet and greet it, or beat and eat it.”
Finally, a sneak preview of the new Perks:
The slayer walks the earth! The speed of all Melee Weapons and Unarmed attacks is increased by 30%.
Spray ‘n Pray:
Your attacks do much less damage to companions, allowing you to liberally spray an area with reckless abandon.
All Melee Weapons (except thrown) and Unarmed attacks have a chance of knocking your target down.
Methinks the Slayer perk will be getting quite a workout from my desert nomad when I get my hands on a copy…
ALEXISONFIRE TO RELEASE DOG’S BLOOD EP FEATURING FOUR NEW TRACKS
HEADLINE TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 4
ALEXISONFIRE are pleased to announce they will release a four-song digital EP titled Dog’s Blood in the UK on October 31.
A term coined by vocalist George Pettit, Dog’s Blood features brand new songs from the Platinum and JUNO award winning band. What began as a seemingly crazy riff, turned into the inspiration for the EP which includes tracks that run the gamut from indulgently heavy, to what Pettit describes as “atmospheric sounding”. “They’re completely different-sounding songs and would probably never make it onto a full-length record,” says guitarist/vocalist Dallas Green.
The EP tracks have never been performed live, with the exception of the title track. The band debuted the song “Dog’s Blood” during their blazing performance at the CASBY Awards (Canadian Artists Selected By You) on September 30, where they also took home Favourite New Single for “The Northern”. You can watch the video from for ‘The Northern’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDZO5KihUbc.
Co-produced by Alexisonfire and Jon Drew (F*cked Up, Tokyo Police Club, Quest For Fire, Arkells) the EP features three vocal tracks and one instrumental. A limited run of 2000 vinyl records will be available in different colour variations:, one colour will be sold via the band’s official online store (theonlybandever.com/store) and another colour will be sold on tour as merchandise. Alexisonfire are also soon to digitally release an iTunes Originals session on October 18.
DOG’S BLOOD TRACKLISTING
01 – Dog’s Blood
02 – Grey
03 – Black As Jet
04 – Vex
Meanwhile, ALEXISONFIRE are gearing up for one of the most anticipated tours of the year. The UK headline tour kicks-off in Cardiff on November 4 and wraps up in Nottingham on November 12. Tickets are on sale now and are £14 for all shows, excluding London which is £15. Dates are listed below, with ticketing info:
UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
Thu 4 Nov – CARDIFF Solus (0844 811 0051 or www.gigsandtours.com)
Fri 5 Nov – PORTSMOUTH Pyramids (023 9282 4355 or www.seetickets.com)
Sat 6 Nov – LEEDS Metropolitan University (0113 245 4650 or www.lunatickets.co.uk)
Sun 7 Nov – MANCHESTER Academy 2 (0844 811 0051 or www.gigsandtours.com)
Tue 9 Nov – GLASGOW ABC (0844 499 9990 or www.gigsinscotland.com)
Wed 10 Nov – NEWCASTLE Academy (0844 811 0051 or www.gigsandtours.com)
Thu 11 Nov – LONDON The Forum (0844 811 0051 or www.gigsandtours.com)
Fri 12 Nov – NOTTINGHAM Rock City (0845 413 4444 or www.alt-tickets.co.uk)